Combining tranquillity and escapism with a dash of home comfort, glamping can be a hassle-free alternative to camping, or a truly luxurious retreat.

We’ve picked five of our favourite Dorset glamping sites, including adult-only escapes, family-friendly canvas lodges, and secluded sites for group get-togethers.

Loose Reins, Shillingstone

Loose Reins in Dorset

Set amongst the lush rolling countryside of North Dorset’s stunning Blackmore Vale, Loose Reins offers a truly luxurious glamping experience with the emphasis on relaxing and reconnecting with nature. As the name implies, Loose Reins was designed with a nod towards a pioneer ranch and offers accommodation in large canvas lodges (sleeping six) and unique cedar cabins (sleeping four) spaced out around a large paddock, all with stunning views over the Blackmore Vale and the ramparts of the ancient hill fort at Hambledon Hill.

There are horses and ponies to befriend, ride and care for. The friendly team offer a range of experiences suitable for all ages and even offer accommodation for horses should you want to stay and ride together.

Loose Reins is a fantastic choice for families and is also dog friendly. There are miles of trails accessible from the site including the Wessex Ridgeway and North Dorset trailway, plus ancient settlements and picturesque towns and villages within easy reach.

Woodyhide Campsite, Corfe Castle

Woodyhyde Glamping

A 15-acre campsite located in the stunning Purbeck countryside that is within walking distance of the iconic Corfe Castle. The site has recently added affordable glamping accommodation in the form of five yurts (furnished with beds and linens) and a Shepherd’s hut that boasts a double bed, kitchenette and toilet.

The site is well positioned to explore Dorset and the Jurassic Coast, with the wonderful sandy beaches at Studland and Swanage close by along with popular attractions such as the Blue Pool and Dorset Adventure Park. Much to the delight of guests, the Swanage Railway runs adjacent to part of the site so you can get a wonderful view of the stream trains trundling by.

East Shilvinghampton, Portesham

East Shilvinghampton

Just a 10 minute from the dramatic Chesil Beach and only 15 minutes from the golden sand at Weymouth Beach, East Shilvinghampton is a working farm that offers panoramic views across the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

East Shilvinghampton’s luxury camping tents are close to the farmyard. There are cows, goats, pigs, hens and ducks just a toddle away, plus some friendly new Alpacas that have recently joined the farm.

The farm larder will sustain the whole family, being well stocked with lots of local produce and the farm’s own beef and pork, plus a wide range of tantalising home-cooked goodies available to order. The outdoor covered eating area can be found next to the communal pizza oven, making East Shilvinghampton an ideal destination for group holidays.

Stock Gaylard, Sturminster Newton

Luxury yurts at Stock Gaylard

Set on a large country estate deep in rural Dorset, the team at Stock Gaylard have created a number of exclusive sites catering for various sizes of groups. There is a strong conservation and preservation ethos here: all of the accommodation has been built on site and each site is well spaced out to ensure privacy for everyone to enjoy the stunning surroundings. The sites are truly off-grid: there’s no Wi-Fi (although the mobile signal is good) and solar power is used to fuel essential appliances such as lights and fridges.

Couples can enjoy the cosy Sawpits wagon, and there are three further sites featuring custom yurts and even a converted double decker bus! Well behaved dogs are welcome at Stock Gaylard too.

Crafty Camping, Holditch

A luxurious adults-only glamping site lying in 10 acres ancient woodland in West Dorset, where guests can relax in comfort whilst being surrounded by the a truly magical natural environment.

The site established wide acclaim for the Woodsman’s Treehouse, which was awarded ‘House of the Year’ on Channel 4's Grand Designs. It really is a stunning piece of design and engineering that combines craft, luxury and playfulness that will delight everyone that is lucky enough to stay here. Highlights include its own sauna and hot tub on the upper deck, a revolving wood burner, an open air tree-shower and a stainless steel slide.

The woodland site also offers two stunning yurts plus a tipi, bell tent and shepherd’s hut, all complete with king-sized beds, hot water tree-showers and many luxurious and handcrafted touches.

These are just a few of our favourite glamping sites in Dorset, and there are many more to choose from across our glorious county. In addition to dedicated glamping sites, many holiday parks, country cottages and farmstays have added a glamping accommodation option, including pre-pitched bell tents, glamping 'pods', shepherd's huts and cabins. Find more below or see our Glamping section for more details

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Loose Reins
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Loose Reins

Loose Reins is where the world slows down. It’s where the daily grind is left at the gate and a place of experience, discovery and relaxation opens up. It’s where you reconnect, come together and unwind in luxurious lodges or cosy cabins. Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside, it’s the place where life’s stresses end and life’s adventures begin. Put those feet up and toast marshmallows on the fire. Take things slow. Rock back on the cabin porch. Listen to the owls. Snuggle inside with the wood burner or feel the summer dew on your feet. Make friends with the horses, make memories forever. Discover Loose Reins. Discover your trail.

Woodyhyde Campsite
Camping & Caravan Site
Woodyhyde Campsite

Secluded family site for tents and campervans. Also offered are 5 glamping yurts and a shepherd's hut. Easy access to beaches and local attractions. Ideal centre for walking holidays. Steam Train Station nearby.

Feather Down - East Shilvinghampton Farm
Glamping
Feather Down East Shilvinghampton Farm - visit-dorset.com

East Shilvinghampton is less than 10 minutes from dramatic Chesil Beach and only 15 minutes from the golden sand of Weymouth Beach, and offers panoramic views across the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. East Shilvinghampton's luxury camping tents are close to the farmyard, with cows, goats, pigs, hens and ducks just a toddle away.

Stock Gaylard
Yurts and Tipis
Stock Gaylard

One of Dorset only private group glamping destinations! No shared facilities & no one else in sight. Disconnect with the rest of the world and reconnect with those who really matter... All our our glamping yurts, conversions & furniture have been handmade on site using as much of the wood from the estate at possible. We have an ethos of conservation & have blended our sites into the natural environment & made them as eco-friendly as we can! We have four exclusive sites sleeping 2, 11, 12 & 14! We welcome families, friends and children.

Crafty Camping
Alternative Accommodation
Woodman's Treehouse, Crafty Camping

The Woodsman's treehouse & five luxury Glamping tents set in a beautiful Woodland setting alongside Guy Mallinson’s Woodland craft workshop - as featured in the BBC Mastercrafts series & George Clarke's amazing spaces.

Feather Down Mount Pleasant Collection
Alternative Accommodation
Feather Down Mount Pleasant Collection

Located in a timeless patch of English countryside, Mount Pleasant Farm is a farm that is very much of the moment. At Mount Pleasant, you set the pace of your holiday, insulated from the stresses of modern life.

Berehayes Holiday Cottages
Self-Catering
Berehayes Holiday Cottages

Superb indoor pool & spa. Eight cottages in quiet village with pub. Alpacas. AA 4 star. Jurassic coast 2 miles. Beauty treatments. Some thatched, with log burners & dog friendly.

South Lytchett Manor Touring Caravan & Camping Park
Camping & Caravan Site
South Lytchett Manor Touring Caravan & Camping Park

Situated within 10 minutes walking distance of village pubs, in an excellent rural location just 3 miles from Poole. Bus service at gates. Suitable for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents. Romany Caravans available as glamping option.

Cove Holiday Park
Holiday Park
Cove Holiday Park

Cove Holiday Park is a unique Dorset coastal park set in the grounds of Pennsylvania Castle Estate. Just next door to the Castle the park’s fine sea views and island setting promise total relaxation from the moment you drive across the causeway to Portland. Choose from Holiday Homes, Chalets and Pods. All of our accommodation is designed to provide a superb stay, with a range of prices available. No matter which option you choose, you will be able to look out to sea and enjoy the calm tranquillity of the secluded coastal location. You can be sure that your holiday home is expertly maintained to the highest standard by the Cove Park Team.

Durdle Door Holiday Park
Camping & Caravan Site
Beer on the Decking of a Luxury Holiday Home at Durdle Door Holiday Park

Friendly, uncommercialised holiday park with modern day comforts. Stunning location with direct access to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Durdle Door, stunning beaches and rolling Dorset countryside.

Highlands End Holiday Park
Camping & Caravan Site
Highlands End Holiday Park - visit-dorset.com

Highlands End Holiday Park is located on the clifftop with stunning views over 99 miles of coastline from Portland Bill to Start Point. The park is in a great location to explore the Jurassic Coast as well as towns such as Lyme Regis, Weymouth and West Bay. The park has been family owned and providing memorable holidays for over 45 years.

Waterside Holiday Park
Holiday Park
Waterside Holiday Park & Spa

Waterside Holiday Park & Spa is a five-star beach side Holiday Park at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth. The facilities include a state-of-the-art spa, indoor and outdoor pools, daily family and evening entertainment, indoor and outdoor play areas, on-site bars and restaurants and much more.

Brewery Farm
Self-Catering
Brewery Farm

Luxury self catering holiday lodges each enjoying their own private hot tub, outside areas, wood burning stoves, and enjoy a stunning outlook over the Dorset countryside. Two of our lodges are dog friendly. Brewery Farm is a walkers paradise with miles of footpaths right from the doorstep and provides a great base for exploring all that Dorset has to offer. On site there is a farm shop and a short walk takes you to The Fox Inn a charming dog friendly country pub with restaurant.

Lancombe Country Cottages & Lodges
Self-Catering
Lancombe Country Cottages & Lodges

A warm-hearted welcome to Lancombe! We offer stunning Dorset holiday cottages and lodges set amongst the rolling hills of Thomas Hardy Country. Lancombe is quite simply unique in being able to offer something for everyone; whether a relaxing retreat, or activity-fuelled fun.

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